Alan Dalton post's birding diaries and original artwork from Sweden. Established in 2006, this now long running blog is now a complete overview of my birding experiences. As an artist I greatly enjoy sketching birds in the field and you will find a wide selection of that work here, from fieldwork to finished paintings. I am very passionate about my artwork and try to depict birds in their natural habitat, as I see them in the wild. My artwork is for sale and can be viewed at
As regards to my photography, since 2008 I have used a Nikon D90 DSLR camera coupled with a Sigma 150-500mm OS lens for since March 2012 for bird photography, all previous images being digiscoped. Regarding sound recording, I have been usung a Telinga Stereo Dat Mic and parabol to record birds in the field, coupled to a Marrantz 661 digital recorder, a superb piece of kit. Interest in butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies has recently seen the accquisition of a Sigma 150mm macro lens. I hope you enjoy the blog and please feel free to leave comments or contact me at

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Slavonian Grebes; Angarn; 28th april 2008

Slavonian Grebe

Pair Nest Building...

Slavonian Grebe

Displaying Pair...

The species I went to Angarn specifically for today were these Slavonian Grebes, which have just returned to the site. At the minute the lack of lush vegetation at the reserve makes them easily viewed as they set up territory, display and nest build. In a few weeks however, they will be much more difficult to see as dense reed and sedge growth progresses rapidly, offering thick cover to the birds, within which they raise their young.
A stunning species in summer plumage, the golden ear tufts in particular give them a rather exotic appeal. I saw nine birds today, four of which were paired and showing signs of breeding, with one pair actively nest building. A joy to relax in warm spring sunshine and watch these birds, allowing me both to sketch and photograph them at about 30 metres range.

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